Wah Wah 45s are proud to present a unique collaboration between the U.K.’s very own Afrobeat Ambassador, Dele Sosimi, and a producer who’s been at the forefront of the South London electronic music scene for a decade now, Medlar.
The pair first joined forces five years ago, when Medlar was asked by Dele’s label to remix the title track from his last album, You No Fit Touch Am. The result was possibly one of the most popular and cherished remixes to appear on the imprint. The producer’s respect for the history of Afrobeat shined through in the mix of course, but it was his ability to finely balance that with his house music instincts whilst adding an infectious groove and classic 80s analogue synths that really stood out.
The track was an instant classic, and it soon became clear that the Afrobeat Ambassador and Peckham producer needed to make some music together. Having never actually met during the remix process, the dating began, and luckily the two were clearly a perfect match.
After some weeks of pinging ideas back and forth, and spending time in the studio together, it became obvious that this project was also something they could take out live. As so it has been, from their modest debut performance in East London last spring, to playing festivals across the UK and beyond. Never the same show twice, their shows are based around a bank of rhythms on MPC which come alive when combined with Dele’s vocals and improvisational keyboard explorations, all of which are dubbed out live by Medlar. Their musical journey is always unpredictable, vibrant and often quite surprising!
With this in mind, when picking tracks they’d developed on the road over the last year to take into the studio, Full Moon evolved into what might be best described as a bossa nova meets country & western lounge track, suitable for sipping cocktails to on a beach, or perhaps in your back garden in the current situation!
The original version of the song dropped last month, garnering attention and radio play on Soho Radio, Amazing Radio and Hoxton Radio, among others. When it came to remix duties, there was only one production outfit who fitted the bill, and one who the label had been trying to coax a remix out of for a couple of years.
Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets, otherwise known as Detroit Swindle, have been turning out musical, soulful, tropical and always party starting house music for almost a decade now. Wah Wah label boss Dom Servini hooked up with the pair at a European festival a couple of years ago, and ever since has been waiting for the right project to come along that would spark their imagination.
“When we heard the original of ‘Full Moon’ for the first time, we really felt the retro style with the cr78 drum, the dreamy pads and that almost overly simple synth flute. For us, that really defined the direction of the remix and we looked for a hook that could make those elements pop in a more energetic way. The vocal is also super laid back so we chopped it up a bit to give it some more spice. I think it was when we wrote the chords for our remix that the dubbed out 80’s synth vibe really started to take form. It turned out to be a really nice remix for this time of year and hopefully it’ll warm some hearts when people hear it.” Detroit Swindle
“I love that track!” Huey Morgan (BBC 6Music)
“A nice feel good dance interpretation of the great original!” Alex From Tokyo
“Love it!” Sampology
“Gave the original a play on Mi-Soul but this tops it. Couldn’t get a better remix team on it. Will include on the next Faith podcast” Stuart Patterson (Faith / Mi-Soul)
“Proper dancefloor bizness!” Marco Weibel (Darker Than Wax / The Lot Radio)
“Detroit Swindle work their magic… can’t wait to share this on the show. Big tune!” Alan O’Malley (Shoreditch Radio)
“Oh hell yes” Kaptin Barrett (Boomtown / Ujima 98 FM)
“Super hot Sounds for the summer. Just need the 12″ extended version for the party!” Gerry Hectic (Futuristica / Starpoint Radio)
“Feel good sh*t” John Kong (Do Right!)
“Groooovy! Summer vibe!” Soulist (Souleance / First Word)
Danny Howard (BBC Radio 1)
Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music)
Huey Morgan (BBC 6Music)
Record Breakin’ (Eavesdrop radio, USA)
Radio Z, Nurenberg
Base FM, Aukland
Eastside 89.7 FM, Sydney
Resonance FM, London
Radio Reverb 97.2 FM, Brighton
Radio 1, Prague
Fresh 92.7, Adelaide
RTHK Radio 3, Kowloon
Spark 107 FM, Sunderland
2SER 107.3 FM, Sydney
WRUV FM 90.1, Burlington VT
Radio Varma, Varma
WOMR 92.1, Provincetown MA
The Source FM, Falmouth
PR Radio RAM, Wroclaw
Totally Radio, Brighton
All FM, Longsight